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Hyundai's Ranger Raptor rival: New Korean ute could get a go-fast N version

N boss Albert Bierman is open to an N-badged ute.

Hyundai's incoming workhorse ute could get a go-fast N version, with the brand's performance boss Albert Biermann telling CarsGuide that "there are no limitations".

While Hyundai's head of R&D - and architect of the N sub-brand - said there were no concrete plans in place, and the brand's new dual-cab isn't expected to arrive before 2022, Mr Biermann also wouldn't rule out adding a ute to his growing performance portfolio.

That portfolio, currently home to just the i30 N, i30 N Fastback and Veloster N, will soon include a vehicle smaller than the current hatchback (thought to be an i20 N), as well as a new SUV (thought to be a Tucson N).

But Mr Biermann is not ruling out adding a dual-cab ute (and that's proper ute, not the Santa Cruz concept pictured) to the family, telling CarsGuide that "everything is possible".

Kia revealed last month that both it and Hyundai would launch a jointly developed dual-cab ute in Australia as early as 2022, with executives confirming that “work has begun” on Korea's first true Toyota HiLux rival.

"You have to be ready for everything from Hyundai and Kia, so everything is possible," Biermann says. "So there are no limitations."

"There's no clear plan for that, but I mean you can expect everything when the time is right and the marketplace. And, yeah, we are moving."